Creamy bell pepper and tomato soup

This was a classic “well I need to do SOMETHING” recipe, in this case involving a couple of bell peppers I had around, not to mention a slew of tomatoes from a co-worker’s garden. Initial scrounging turned up this gazpacho idea, but as I didn’t have the time I needed to go the hot route.

This recipe proved to be the trick, though adapted — the peppers were green rather than red, I used olive oil instead of butter or margarine, the half-and-half was soy-based, I used vegetable broth instead of chicken and the sugar was in fact honey (the spice mix came from Avanti). Also the portions were reduced overall, essentially halving it, but that still left enough over for me to store and freeze it for another time.

The wine is a basic red table wine blend from Dynamic Vineyards, a sold-through-Trader-Joe’s subdivision of CEAGO. Mine was the Mendocino blend, a good enough merlot/cabernet franc/cabernet sauvignon combination that suited the soup well.

10 Responses to “Creamy bell pepper and tomato soup”

  1. Alfred Says:

    I’m confused by that jump in the recipe from “Return mixture to Dutch oven” to stirring the mixture over low heart until thoroughly heated.

  2. Ned Raggett Says:

    That low telltale heart. Uh wait.

    It’s not a jump — think of it this way: having blended/processed the mix, which has been off the heat for ten minutes, and returned it to the Dutch oven, you’re now also stirring in something much colder, the half-and-half, and returning it to an overall warm temperature. It doesn’t take long at all, as you might guess, since it’s a low simmer rather than a medium heat, and the mixture is plenty warm still.

  3. Alfred Says:

    “Dutch oven” threw me off.

  4. Ned Raggett Says:

    And all is clear. Now, to create a massive roast beast, Dr. Seuss style.

    (Hey wait, am I missing you posting recipes or something? I’d pay money for ‘Alfred’s Great Miami Cuban Recipes That Gabachos In California Know Nothing About.’ )

  5. Alfred Says:

    Hmm. You’re right. Stay tuned.

  6. Ned Raggett Says:

    This is a good thing. And take photos, of course!

  7. Kate Says:

    I have been craving tomato soup all week thanks to this bad cold I have had. That delicious looking soup is only making it worse!🙂

  8. Ned Raggett Says:

    Get someone willing to make it for you! Then you can relax. 😀

  9. Alfred Says:

    The recipe was great! I’ve got leftovers in the freezer. Thanks!

  10. Ned Raggett Says:

    You’re welcome! Spread the good word as always. It’s a really nice recipe, I definitely will do something with it again.


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